HOLLYWOOD – With the gossip grapevine buzzing with news that James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has met Idris Elba to discuss him taking on the role of 007. Tom Hanks has confirmed he has signed on to play Detective John Shaft in Rob Marshall’s upcoming Shaft in Baghdad.
We caught up with Hanks in his crib to ask him about taking on such an iconic role.
Mr Hanks. This will be your first time working with Rob Marshall. How is it going so far.?
Sheeeet,man, that honkey mus’ be messin’ my old lady got to be runnin’ col’ upside down his head!
Indeed. So what do you say to people who think you are too white to play an intrinsically black Icon?
Hey Holms, I can dig it! You know I ain’t gonna lay no mo’ big rap upon you man!
Shaft in Baghdad will be the first release by ‘Color Blind’ pictures. A liberal and progressive production company founded by Matt Damon and Spike Lee who have a raft of projects lined up. These include Robin Hoodwith Denzel Washington. Andrew Garfield is to take on the role of Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Chow Yun-Fat will play Superman’s father Jor-El in the upcoming Justice Leaguefilm.
Damon himself is rumored to be circling the role of Bruce Lee in Scorsese’s One Inch Punch. An upcoming biopic of the legendary martial arts star.
Shaft in Baghdad will be released in 2015.
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